On this date, August 5, 2004, James Barney Hubbard (March 7, 1930 – August 5, 2004) was sentenced to death by the state of Alabama in 1977 for the murder of Lillian Montgomery, with whom he was living after having been released from prison. Hubbard had served a 20-year sentence for murder and called police to report a shooting on January 10, 1977. He said Lillian had shot herself at her home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She died as the result of three gunshot wounds, one to the face, one to the head, and one to the shoulder. He was executed by lethal injection 27 years after the murder. At age 74, he was the oldest American to be executed in decades.
He was another example of a recidivist murderer that had committed murder and was released more than 15 years later only to murder again.
Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about this recidivist killer.